Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department provides an in-depth education in engineering principles built on mathematics, computation, and the physical and life sciences. Our faculty, students, and staff have helped develop the technologies and infrastructure of the information age—ranging from the Internet and search engines to cell phones, high-definition television, and optical tomography. EECS conducts research in the following principal areas:

Information Systems

At the interface of computation and the physical world, we study the fundamental sciences of systems, networks, and information, and their application to engineering design.

Circuits

We focus on electronic circuits and systems, microprocessor-based control, and digital and analog signal processing, with an emphasis on design and practical implementation.

Applied Physics and Devices

We use the foundation and underlying principles of physics to enable the engineering of complex integrated systems.

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering:

Working at the cutting edge of engineering and medicine, our goal is to understand complex biological systems and engineer new systems that solve important biological problems.

Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

We study how to make computers see, hear, understand, plan and act in the world.

Computer Science (Systems)

We study the principles, design, and engineering of computer systems, both software and hardware.

Computer Science (Theory)

We study the inherent capabilities and limitations of computers: not just the computers of today, but any computers that could ever be built.

Education

Graduate study in the department moves students toward mastery of areas of individual interest, through course work and significant research, often in interdisciplinary areas. Degrees in summary.

Programs at the doctoral and predoctoral level have three elements:

  • Classroom subjects in physics, mathematics, and fundamental fields of electrical engineering and computer science
  • Specialized classroom and laboratory subjects and a wide variety of colloquia and seminars that introduce students to current research issues
  • Research under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty, culminating in a unique thesis

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Master of Science in EECS is not offered as a terminal degree. Students admitted to the PhD program (who do not already have a masters degree) must earn one as a first degree in the EECS graduate program. The masters degree consists of an academic course load of 4-5 graduate subjects within the department, and a research program resulting in a masters thesis. Study should be well-balanced, and emphasize one or more of the theoretical or experimental aspects of electrical engineering or computer science.

Note: Students with a bachelor's degree in Electrial Engineering and Computer Science from MIT must complete the Master of Engineering program, rather than the Master of Science degree program.

Electrical Engineer or Engineer in Computer Science

These degrees are open to students in the doctoral program, who have taken an extensive amount of graduate level coursework, and who wish to write up a body of work as an Engineers thesis, the scope of which is slightly greater than that of a masters thesis.

Doctoral Degrees

Candidates for the PhD and ScD are expected to participate fully in the educational program of the department, and to perform thesis work that advances the current knowledge in the field. The milestones associated with the doctoral program include completion of a masters degree (if the student does not already have one), completion of the qualifying evaluation (technical and research), completion of a minor program, serving as a teaching assistant, doctoral thesis proposal, final thesis defense, and the submission of the doctoral thesis.

World-renowned for both rigor and innovation, EECS proudly houses the largest undergraduate program at MIT.  Our flexible curriculum and intensive, hands-on coursework gives students a holistic view of the field, an understanding of how to solve problems, and a focus on modeling and abstraction that prepares them for success in a wide range of industries, from software to bioengineering.

Taught by world class faculty, EECS students explore subjects critical to advancement in today's high-tech society -- from computation in computer science to circuit design and electronics, control and communication theory, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Starting salaries for students with bachelor's degrees average above $90,000.

The EECS undergraduate programs available to its students are listed below.

  • 6-1: for students specializing in electrical science and engineering
  • 6-2: for those whose interests cross this traditional boundary
  • 6-3: for those specializing in computer science and engineering
  • 6-7: for those specializing in both molecular biology and computer science. This is an interdepartmental curriculum involving EECS and Biology at MIT.

On earning the SB degree in one of these programs, students, who qualify, have the option to study for a fifth year master of engineering degree (MEng).  The department offers three MEng degrees, listed below:

  • 6-P: for students who have completed the 6-1 or 6-2 or 6-3 program: Students in this program gain the depth of knowledge and the skills needed for professional work, as well as the broad perspective essential for engineering leadership. Shaping the program according to their needs and interests, students choose from the following concentrations: Artificial Intelligence, Bio EECS, Circuits, Communications, Computer Systems, Control, Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces, Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, Numerical Methods, Optics, Electromagnetics and Energy, Signals and Systems and Theoretical Computer Science. Note: Students with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science form MIT must complete the Master of Engineering program, rather than the Master of Science degree program.
  • 6-PA: The VI-A MEng Thesis program matches industry mentors with EECS undergraduate and MEng students who have demonstrated excellent academic preparation and motivation.  
  • 6-7P: The MEng program in Computer Science and Molecular Biology is modeled on the existing MEng program in EECS (6-P).  6-7P provides additional depth in Computational Biology through coursework and a substantial thesis.